Monday, August 31, 2009

CONCERT BLAST 08/31-09/06

Supergoodmusic is currently not in Los Angeles to start the week - but that doesn't mean you all should not be out seeing a show somewhere. If you were in the know, maybe you were smart enough to pick up a ticket to see Billy Corgan perform at The Hotel Cafe. Unfortunately for most of us, that show is sold out. Assuming you're not seeing the former Smashing Pumpkins front man, if you have yet to catch Local Natives or LBC's Growlers - you can peep their final August residency performances tonight at Spaceland and Echo respectively. FYI, Local Natives will also be playing at Troubadour later in the week.

Tuesday is a no-brainer decision for me - The 88 and The French Semester at Spaceland. LA indie-rock at its finest - don't miss it! If you're not feeling that vibe, but still want some rock, maybe check out The Duke Spirit and Band of Skulls at El Rey. Once TFS and 88s call it a night, I am going to swing by Cinespace for DIMMAK Tuesdays because it is Them Jeans' birthday this week. Anytime there is a bday for a member of their crew, I'm eager to be at Cinespace to see what madness might unfold.

Wednesday - the whole Supergood family will be at Dakota LIve Music Lounge for SUPERGOODMUSIC Presents night featuring Tic Tic Boom!, We Should Be Dead, Cody Hudock and Helicopter Rounds. Come show your love for some of LA's rising indie artists and stay for the Irish headliners! (If you are going to NIN and Mew - I totally understand why you won't be at Dakota).
Each band has a limited discounted VIP guest list - e-mail the bands at their respective pages to get on the cheaper list.


Hollywood is where you will find me on Thursday - New Orleans keys legend John "Papa" Gros rolls into town on his boogaloo funk train with his band Papa Grows Funk. They will be performing at The Knitting Factory, which is closing its doors in late October, and Big Organ Trio - a great crew making some waves in the jam scene - will be lending their support. If you like keys, and especially if you like Hammond B3s, this is where you want to be. If the keys jam doesn't go all night, or I'm feeling like rolling out with the fabulous crew - I might drop by Avalon for Tigerheat's Whitney Houston CD Release Event. Other good options are Israel Vibration and the Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad at Key Club and Peanut Butter Wolf at Club 149.

Friday I think the best music in town is a little more low key. I'm talking about Jon Brion at Largo - which is always exceptional music, often with unique surprises. Another quality, but low key option, is John Williams with LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl. If you haven't been to the Bowl yet, this might be a good opportunity to go.

Saturday, I will unfortunately be out of town. I wish I was here because Felix Da Housecat is spinning Avalon (love Felix), Erykah Badu and Mos Def are bringing their awe inspiring performances to the Hollywood Palladium and Nine Inch Nails is going to rock The Wiltern. Not to mention that all day long in Chinatown will be FYF Fest featuring a host of respectable musicians.

On Sunday, there are rumors of an unconfirmed Nine Inch Nails performance at Echoplex circulating. I've seen a few posts claiming NIN is playing Echoplex, but no reputable source has confirmed it. If you are a NIN fan, I might just try and go to Echoplex's Smiths & Morrisey night because you just never know what could happen at the esteemed venue.

Looking ahead this month, you can start getting excited for Saint Motel all month at Spaceland for the FREE Monday night residency. Their first performance is on September 7th, the eve of their album release. Check out their music here - "Do Everything Now" has been high on my playlist for the last two weeks.

Take care. Breathe music. Be safe.


Monday August 31st

Bat For Lashes, Other Lives @ Henry Fonda Theatre (Sold Out)

Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears, Extra Golden @ Troubadour

Billy Corgan & Spirits In The Sky @ The Hotel Cafe (Sold Out)


The Growlers, My Pet Saddle, Grand Elegance, The Moon Upstairs @ Echo

Local Natives, Fun, Aushua @ Spaceland

Donovan Leitch (performing Dark Root of the Dream) @ Largo

Dredg & Rx Bandits, As Tall As Lions @ El Rey

Viola Evolve, The Great Entity, Daily-daily, Scour, Ravens Parade @ The Viper Room

Steel Panther, Rick Thorne, Purple Melon, Rok Hollywood @ Key Club

Pitbull @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O'Brien

Rich Sheldon @ Venice Whaler

Lower Heaven, The Meek, Ojos Rojos, Jason Simon @ Silverlake Lounge

The Mint Sessions w/ Kevin Kanner Quintet, J-Logic, Evaro, Crystal Drummer @ The Mint

Jazz Callner, Mitch Allan @ Molly Malones

Funkmosphere @ Carbon (FREE)


Tuesday September 1st

The 88, The French Semester @ Spaceland

John Legend, India.Arie & Vaughn Anthony @ Greek Theare

Mew @ Troubadour (Sold Out)

The Duke Spirit, Band of Skulls @ El Rey

The Northstar Session, Gary Jules, Benhamin Winter & The Make Believe, Ben Mallot @ The Hotel Café

Davila 666, Mannequin Men, Mika Miko, Le Face @ Echo

Peanut Butter Wolf @ Glasshouse

Ween @ Fox Theater, Pomona

I Will Never Be The Same, Vale, Gruv Projekt, Sunset Black, On The Tundra @ The Viper Room

Private Event @ Key Club

Harth-Bedoya Conducts Bolero w/ LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Cheap Trick @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O'Brien

Cubensis @ Marlin Bar & Grill

Herb Alpert @ The Grammy Museum

The Caphsuns, Pulse Out, Bixby Knolls, Karabal Nightlife @ Silverlake Lounge

Hollywood Music In Media Awards Showcase Presented By Elly's Room, Gene Loveland @ The Mint

Them Jeans B-Day Party, Anna Lunoe, Dan Oh, Modular Australia + Special Guests @ Cinespace

Comedy "Grey Skies Are Gonna Clear Up", Kanude @ Molly Malones


Wednesday September 2nd

SUPERGOODMUSIC Presents: Tic Tic Boom!, We Should Be Dead, Cody Hudock and Helicopter Rounds @ Dakota Live Music Lounge


John Legend, India.Arie & Vaughn Anthony @ Greek Theare

Hall & Oates @ Nokia Theater L.A. Live

Harper Simon @ Largo

Nine Inch Nails, Mew @ Hollywood Palladium

New Radiant, Storm King, Funeral Party @ Echo

Dub Club presents Richie Spice, Spanner Banner @ Echoplex

Division Day, Bad Veins, Lovelikefire @ Spaceland

Heartless Bastards @ Troubadour

Burn Down The Mission @ Moscow

Heartless Bastards, Local Natives @ Troubadour

Hurt @ The Roxy

Lords of Jack, Hillbilly Herald, People, Tommy Peacock @ The Viper Room

Private Event @ Key Club

Corea, Clarke & White @ Hollywood Bowl

The Pretenders @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O'Brien

Tessa Souter @ Catalina Jazz Club

Peanut Butter Wolf @ Airliner Club

Mike Herrera's Tumbledown, John Nolan, Ari Shine, Your Favorite Trainwreck @ The Knitting Factory

The Working Title, Volume @ The Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge)

Finding Fiction, Chris Ayer, Greensky Bluegrass @ The Mint

Bizzy Bone @ Crazy Horse (West Covina)

Luluc, Miranda Lee Richards, El May, Lantvrn @ Bordello

Cue The Moon, The Fall Trees @ Silverlake Lounge

Romak and The Space Pirates, Strip Mall Seizures, didmau, Guns N Broses @ The Smell

Matthew Mayfield, The Lost Fingers, Oak & Gorski, One Silver Astronaut @ The Hotel Café

Diamonds Under Fire, Philip Sayce, Peter Daily and The Royal Band @ Molly Malones


Thursday September 3rd

The Pretenders, Cat Power, Juliette Lewis @ Greek Theatre

Israel Vibration, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Pure Zion, Through The Roots @ Key Club

Nine Inch Nails, Mew @ Henry Fonda Theater

Papa Grows Funk, Big Organ Trio @ The Knitting Factory

Bust Magazine & Comedy is The New Black Present: Elle O Elle 3 w/ Whitney Cummings, Natasha Anderson, Sardia Marley, Hannah Gansen, Charlyne Yi & More @ Echoplex

Lily & The Ladies @ Echo
Ian Ball, Buddy, Frank Orrall, Annaliese @ The Hotel Cafe

Patti Smith & Her Band @ Santa Monica Pier

Colin Hay @ Largo

Wire Train, Translator, Debora Iyall @ Knitting Factory (Front Stage)

Grabass Charlestons, O Pioneers, Vacation Bible School, @ Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge)

60 Watt Kid @ L'Keg Gallery


He's My Brother She's My Sister, Spirit Vine, Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians, Fort Wife @ Spaceland

See Spot, The Ifficials, The Soulutionaries @ Troubadour

The Nightbirds, Sing Orpheus, Run Through The Desert, Winter Green, Gamble House @ The Roxy

Marcy Playground, Sky Delamey, PSS, Chachi @ The Viper Room

Russian Romantics w/ LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Derek Jordan @ Musicians Institute

Peanut Butter Wolf @ Club 149

The Boxing Lesson @ The Prospector

Ann Hampton Callaway @ Catalina Jazz Club

Tim Easton, Faraway Places, Wake Up Lucid @ Redwood Bar & Grill

Pete Kronowitt @ The Talking Stick

Stephen Petree @ Air Conditioned Lounge


Asesino @ Whisky A Go Go

Old Believers, Red River, Pearl Starbird, Doug Wamble @ Silverlake Lounge

Mississippi Man, Last American Buffalo, The Outline, Get Back Loretta @ Bootleg Theater

Private Event: Betty's Foundation - Stewboss, Joseph Tobin, Pawn Shop Kings, John Henry Copen @ The Mint

Gun Outfit, Milk Music, Mr. Highway, Francis Harold and The Holograms @ The Smell

Tiger Heat Presents Whitney Houston CD Release @ Avalon

Guitar Shorty @ Saint Rocke

Alissa G, Kinkade, Terraplane Sun @ Molly Malones

Slippers, Afrobeatdown, Upstart @ Alex's Bar


Friday September 4th

B Real & Bizzy Bone @ Key Club

Whispertown 2000, The Belle Brigade @ Echo

Club Underground @ Echo

Suicide Girls presents Club Suicide's Casual Friday @ Echoplex

The Happy Hollows, The Pity Party, The Boxing Lesson, The Health Club @ Spaceland

Blueskyreality, The Harm, Amy Kuney @ Troubadour

Brother Sal, Ernie Halter, Foster Timms, Sally Jaye, Brian Wright @ The Hotel Cafe

Elie Sky, Permanent Ability, Cityzen, Native Buffalo @ The Roxy

Warner Drive, Run Devil Run, Silent Treatment, Diana Gone Wrong @ The Viper Room

Wobble, Udachi, Deathface, Paparazzi, Breakdown, Knyphy, MC Whiskey Pete @ El Rey

The Polecats, The Quakes, Barnyard Ballers, Astro Zombies, The Riff Raffs @ Henry Fonda

John Williams and The Music with the Movies w/ LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

James Holden @ King King Club

Maryz Eyez @ Good Hurt Night Club

Crown J @ Club Nokia

Enforcer @ The Black Castle

Peanut Butter Wolf @ The Terrace

Guitar Shorty @ Harvelles

The Seventh Season @ Cat Club

J-Mo, Eyestel, Fantana, John Doe, Hodgy, Kemo, Miguelito El Nene @ Knitting Factory (Front Stage)

The Dirty Diamond, Purple Melon, Ironheel, Overbreaker @ Knitting Factory

The Lincoln Bedroom, The Spies, Shaun Fleming @ Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge)

Idyllists, Cosio, Judson McKinney @ Bootleg Theater

Can of Jam Night @ HOB - Sunset

Take Us There, Mapping Memories @ Echo Curio

Sy Smith, Nick Rosen, Dez Hope @ The Mint

Thriller, Demonora, Gypsy River Haunts, Spring Queen @ Pehrspace

DJ KCJ @ Avalon

River of Suns, Andree Belle, James McKenna, Zoux @ Saint Rocke

L. Michelle, Bernie Larsen, Jane Carney @ Molly Malones

The Secret Affair Dance Club @ Alex's Bar

Jon Brion @ Largo


Saturday September 5th

Bob Weir & Ratdog w/ special guest Jackie Greene @ Greek Theatre

Avett Brothers, Sallie Ford & The Sound, Outside @ Orpheum

Bootie LA @ Echoplex

Nine Inch Nails @ The Wiltern

Mos Def, Erykah Badu & Jay Electronica @ Hollywood Palladium

Funky Sole (feat. DJ Miles) @ Echo (Free)

FYF Presents: Save Our State Parks (1245 N. Spring) - Black Lips, Lightning Bolt, Tim & Eric, Lucero, Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Dan Deacon, F* Up, The Thermals, Glass Candy, No Age, Tourche, Japanther, Times New Viking, Darker My Love, Carbonas, Crystal Antlers, Har Mar Superstar, The Strange Boys, Dios, Woods, NinjaSonik, Cold Cave, Telepathe, Nobunny, Wavves, Mika Miko, Peanut Butter Wolf, Kurt Vile, Eat Skull, Avi Buffalo, etc. @ 1245 N. Spring St. (Chinatown)

Still Phantom, The Morakestra, Stereofix, Pile, Gramercy Riffs, Joe and the Jungle @ Troubadour

Jezebella, Nothing Sacred, Cage 9, 3808, Anthony Aquarius Mystery, Volapike @ The Viper Room

Private Event @ Key Club

John Williams and The Music with the Movies w/ LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Dave Booda @ Sidebar Lounge

Police Experience, Revolutionary Side Effects @ Saint Rocke

Republic of Letters @ Boardner's

The Funky Meters, Hill Country Revue, Bettye Lavette @ Long Beah Blues Festival

John Doe @ Getty Center for the Arts

Circe Link @ Genghis Cohen

Morgan Page @ Vanguard

Which One's Pink? @ Brixton

DJ Oggy @ Blue Moon

Bushwalla, The Makepeace Brothers, Lukas Rossi @ The Mint

Computer Club, DJ Reza, Swedish Egil, Eli Smith, Miles Dyson, Lactose Quervo @ Shrine Expo Center

Action 45 @ Kegs

The People's Party, Familiar Machine @ Trip Bar

VOLTO!, Gryphon Labs, Nothin Personal @ Knitting Factory

Stolen From The Radio, Jane Error, Back Pocket Memory, Sarah Ault, Spectre Township, Sofa City Sweetheart, Jon Caliguiri @ Knitting Factory (Front Stage)

Eye Candy, Renfue, The Breakup, Stretford End, Fiction Framework @ Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge)

This Is The State, Lisa Donnelly @ Bootleg Theatre

Can of Jam Night @ HOB - Sunset

The Rhone Occupation, One Trick Pony, The Surrenders @ Echo Curio

Chelsea Wolfe, The Denouement, J. Irvin Daily @ Pehrspace

Felix Da Housecat @ Avalon

Claire Means, My Imaginary Friends, Alex & Sam @ The Hotel Café

Dave Williamson, Relax To Paris, London To Tokyo, Charlie Greene and Giant Bird @ Molly Malones

The Cartographers @ Violaine

Mr. Mister Miyagi @ Alex's Bar

Sunday September 6th

Part Time Punks presents Smiths/Morrissey Nite @ Echoplex

Nine Inch Nails @ Echoplex (Unconfirmed - May Be True)

Nebula, Night Horse @ Spaceland

Scarlet Grey, The Party Death, Your Majesty, Interstate Blues, Mouthful @ The Viper Room

Guana Batz, Long Tall Texans, Levi
Dexter, Voodoo Zombie, Pickled Punks, The Ghost Storys @ Henry Fonda

The Big Picture: Rodgers & Hammerstein At The Movies

Mavis Staples, Blind Boys of Alabama, Others @ Long Beach Blues Festival

Bobby Valentino @ Club 740

Los Burbanks, Velorio @ King King Club

Bad Religion, Katy Perry, NOFX, Ozomatli, Pennywise, Rise Against, The Aggrolites, Underoath, The All-American Rejects @ Club Nokia

Kim Divine @ The Mint

JT Spangler @ The Foundry

Hill Country Revue @ McCabe's Guitar Shop

Threadspinner @ Air Conditioned Lounge

Plays Monk @ John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

Orca Team @ The Smell

XXRUB @ Eagle Rock and Roll Farmer's Market

Dance Ska LA! - La Resistencia, Viernes 13, 8Kalacas, Red Store Bums, Double Agent, Rumboogie, O.N.K., Cerebro Negro, Los Rudos, Ekolekua, Fuerza Brutal, Dskarados, Los Arambula, Anesthesia, Pistoleros, The 5th Wave, Eskapate @ Knitting Factory

Refrigerator, Wckr Spgt, Adam Lipman, Neal Morgan @ Echo Curio

387 Music Entertainment Presents: Ginger Kinison, Emily Jaye, Sara Haze, Caitlin Coffeit, Kim Divine @ The Mint

George Stanford, Tall Tales, John Pringle, Jesse Cole @ The Hotel Café

Cash'd Out, Dubcrooner @ Saint Rocke

Austin Hanks, Travis Howard @ Molly Malones

Generators Tour Kick Off Party w/ Gamblers Mark, The Generators, Smog Town, Rotten Scoundrels, DJ Gonzo @ Alex's Bar

Monolith Festival: bands to look for.


This indie rock band from Nashville is another great example of a southern rock band in the 21st century. Though I hate to compare artists, Autovaughn has a lot of thanks to give to the Kings of Leon for bringing pure rock back to the mainstream. They definitely take a page from the southern rock bands that came before them and infuse their music with that southern vibe that is timeless. I expect very big things from this band in the future so check out their MySpace link below to hear more and take a look at the video for their song “The Cycles” below.

Autovaughn - The Cycles from Digital Bohemia on Vimeo.

The Knew

If while at Monolith you are in the mood for a blues rock band, than look no further then The Knew. I expect that the band from Denver will be offering up a blues infused rock with a country edge while playing at Red Rocks with songs like “It’s on Fire” and “Revolver.” I was totally unfamiliar with the band before looking at the lineup for Monolith, but I love to discover new music at a festival and I look forward to checking out The Knew. Check out their official website and MySpace below for more information on The Knew.

Caitlin Rose

Caitlin Rose is the kind of artist that makes you step back and reevaluate the way that you feel about country music because she represents a new way to look at that genre of music. She comes from Nashville and it appears to me that she is a throwback to many “country” artists of the 60’s and 70’s. I am a little concerned that her set at Monolith may not jive well with the mood of the crowd, but to me, there is nothing better than a female singer-songwriters who plays from the heart. Check out her unique homemade video to her song “Sinful Wishing Well” and the link to her MySpace below.

Anni Rossi

Anni Rossi is another example of how dynamic one female singer-songwriter can be the previous (in this case Caitlin Rose). Rossi offers listeners sweet and simple music that helps to take you away from the day. For those that are unfamiliar with her, I highly recommend the songs “The West Coast” and “Wheelpusher.” I am eagerly anticipating a fantastic show from Anni Rossi and cannot wait to see her at Monolith. Check out her video for “The West Coast” below as well as links to her official MySpace page and website.

Roadside Graves

Roadside Graves are a folk band from New Jersey, and though you may not expect that genre of music to come from a state that brought us Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, they really are a great listen for when you’re in the mood for simple melodies and acoustic vibe. Though much of their music falls under the genre of folk, they definitely have some similarities to The Grateful Dead, which will help those attending Monolith who are unaware of them to get more into the music. To learn more about Roadside Graves visit their official MySpace page to hear more.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


THE FRENCH SEMESTER is live again for a special show with THE 88 on Tues. Sept 1 at SPACELAND. They have been given a select amount of discount list spots at 6$ (from the usual 12$), and anticipate a huge turnout to see the buzzing 88 - whom you've heard on KCRW as of late.

Come see a great line-up and catch some of the best and most unique music this town has to offer. Email for placement on their discount list!

Friday, August 28, 2009


now has stickers. Get them from RCA at Outside Lands Festival this weekend or get them from the rest of us down in LA. Spread the word - SGM is plastering your venue sometime soon!

Also - peep these Grassroots California slap bracelets coming soon!

Explosion of Dirty Detroit Rock at The Echo

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite Detroit rock bands - The Dirtbombs - (check out their various pages here, here and here) at the echo. On this Thursday night in LA, they were not victims of the Dirtbombs Curse, as they were the headliner. The band from the 248 and 313 did not disappoint - they delivered a riveting hour long set of the garage bluesy-soulful rock they've been perfecting over the years - including a handful of material from The Sermon's album "Articles of War" (The Sermon is a side project featuring many Dirtbombs members).

Mick Collins killed it as usual - fronting the quintet with his soulful, Richie Havens-ish voice. As the night progressed the vocals only seemed to improve - either Mick was getting more comfortable with the sound in the room or I was getting more intoxicated and not paying as close attention. Either way - he just kept getting better in my eyes.

Backing him up was the awesome stylings of Ko Melina, their cute, perky little asian bassist. She is a perfect example of how having a girl in a band can totally enhance your stage appeal and dynamic. She is good at her craft, but by no means is she Les Claypool. Nonetheless, she breaks it down, head bangs, plays slap and looks like she is having a good time. She gets Detroit dirty on that bass and I think I may have fallen in love with her. The other bassist, Zachary Weedon, is good himself - but, my attention was totally on Ko.

The dueling drums of Ben Blackwell and Pat Pantano also kicked ass. Beating away through most of the set - when it came time for the encore - one drummer brought his whole kit to the dance floor, played a song, only to be followed by the other drummer joining the floor frenzy. I've seen artists jump into the crowd and perform before - but this was better than average. It didn't seem choreographed, but they moved pretty seamlessly from one song to the next, despite moving their drums from the stage without stopping playing (I guess that is one of the many benefits of having two drummers). As the drummers rained down on their snares and kicked their respective bass drums, the mostly middle aged crowd swarmed around the beat duo and partied until the band called it quits....

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Monolith Festival: bands to look for.

Hey Super Good Music Fans.

Here are some more bands that you should be on the look out for at the 2009 Monolith Music Festival.

The Depreciation Guild

The Depreciation Guild is an experimental pop group from Brooklyn, NY that reminds me of a lot of Brit Pop Rock groups from the 80’s. Their music has a light and airy vibe to it and would be perfect for a long drive in the car with the windows down. I definitely will be checking them out at Monolith and can’t wait to experience them at Red Rocks. The band has self-released a couple of LP’s and EP’s. You can purchase some of their singles on iTunes - one of which is “Dream About Me,” and you can find the video for it on their MySpace page.

The Depreciation Guilds MySpace Page

Jim McTuran & The Kids That Killed The Man

Formerly of the band CAT-A-TAC, Jim McTuran has branched out on his own with a new backing band to make rock music. Since the departure to solo artist is recent, the opportunity to perform at Monolith is a huge break for him. Since he calls Denver home he must be very excited and proud to be playing at Red Rocks in September. Check out his MySpace page below to hear some tracks and see some videos.

Jim McTuran & The Kids That Killed The Man MySpace Page

Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo began writing music when he was going to high school in Long Beach, CA. Soon after - high school members of the band Outsider Folk asked the young musician to play a show in his hometown. So Buffalo quickly gathered some musically inclined fans and things haven’t been the same since. In my opinion, they will be the perfect band to fill an early afternoon slot at Monolith. It’s easy going light music that can be enjoyed while sitting down, which is perfect for a festival. Check out the link to their MySpace below.

Avi Buffalos MySpace Page

A Shoreline Dream

Fans of A Shoreline Dream describe their sound as “Melodipsych Rock.” I’m not 100% on what that means, but after listening to some of their music and watching a few videos I've got more of an idea. People traveling to Monolith that are unaware of their existence should know that their music definitely has some moments of hard rock. They released their first full-length album in Ferbruary of 2009. I am interested to see what their live show will entail...See photos and hear music over at the bands MySpace page.

A Shoreline Dreams MySpace Page

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Monolith Festival: bands to look for.

Here is my first installment of Monolith Festival: bands to look for.

Wendy Darling

Wendy Darling is a San Francisco based band consisting of four members whose lead singer is a female, which might led you to write them off as a Rilo Kiley carbon copy. However, the further you dive into their album “Half-Told Bedtime Stories” you will soon realize that they are a great new band creating quirky catchy tunes that may just become the next iPod commercial sensation. Check out their video for “Persistance of Will” below as well as links to their official twitter and myspace pages.

Wendy Darling MySpace

Wendy Darling Twitter

Red Wire Black Wire

Red Wire Black Wire are the Brooklyn based electronic based band taking a cue from Passion Pit in giving music fans fantastic synth heavy music with a great dance beat. They originally released their debut EP “Compass EP” on their own in February of 2008, but soon signed a deal with indie label Tough Customers who then released the EP again in November of 2008. I had never heard of this band before I looked at the Monolith lineup but I am very happy to have discovered them . I am looking forward to their set in September. Check out their video for Compass below as well as a link to their official MySpace page.

Red Wire Black Wire MySpace

Boulder Acoustic Society

Not too many bands these days have names that are literal, but Boulder Acoustic Society is one of those bands. They offer up listeners something unique in that they all play acoustic instruments but give them a punk-esque edge. The guys must be very excited to be playing at Red Rocks since they do hail from Boulder. Check out the bands MySpace page to hear some of their tracks from their soon to be released album “Punchline.”

Boulder Acoustic Society MySpace

Rachel Goodrich

Rachel Goodrich is a self described “folk psychobilly singer-songwriter” from Miami Beach, FL who makes simple likeable music that is stripped down. She prides herself on her originality and she undoubtedly possess it. She doesn’t sound like a lot of the female singer-songwriters out right now (Feist, Regina Spektor), so check out her official MySpace Page to listen to some of her music and see some of her homemade videos.

Rachel Goodrich MySpace

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monolith Festival Preview!

Hello Super Good Music Fans.

I want to let you in on something very exciting that happened just the other day. On sunday I received an e-mail informing me that I would be able to attend the 2009 Monolith Music Festival at Red Rocks. So, in preparation for my travels, I am going to be giving you all an inside look into which bands are playing the festival this year. Look for a new post each day on two or more bands that are gong to be a part of this magical weekend.

Thank you to the Monolith Festival and everyone over at Madison House Publicity for bringing Super Good Music to Monolith!

Up and Comers from the last few days...

Thought I should update the blog and leave quick comments about some of the rising talent I've seen in the last few days:

The French Semester - they were exceptional Friday night at Echo. Playing to a room of about 100 people, new and old fans alike - they really helped ignite the crowds energy. The band reeled through choice tracks off of GOOD FRIENDS ONLY I COULD SEE, before unleashing a handsome serving of yet to be recorded material, including "Large Bouquet" and their cover of "Sugar Sugar," which had the crowd dancing, clapping and singing along.

Hockey - a group from Portland, OR really puts on a top notch performance. The lead vocalist is flamboyant and animated on stage, dresses the part of a rockstar and has a voice to back it up. When he is not addressing the crowd and wailing on the mic, he is back by the drum kit beating it with a mallet. The rest of the band compliments him very well - both in appearance and in sound. The upbeat rhythms, pleasing vocal melodies and stimulating stage appeal all combined for a great show.

Kat Danson - she could be the next "it" girl - she has it all going on - the look, the voice, the moxie, the pedigree (Ted Danson's daughter), the production value, etc. I only caught her briefly at Hunnypot Unlimited last night, but I am excited to see what else she might have in store for the future. Check out her tunes here; "Sugar Free" is already a top 25 dance hit.

Kat Danson @ iTunes

Monday, August 24, 2009

So So Sunset Junctified

Sunset Junction Day One - RCA

I had my way over to the
Sunset Junction Street Fair on Saturday, and I must say that Los Angeles has a great thing going with this festival in its 29th year. I did show up to the festival around 4:30 p.m. (missing 3 and a half hours of music), but from what I did see it was a well-run mini festival that offered up eleven hours of solid music. Since I did get to the festival later, the only full sets that I caught were Islands and Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band. Both were fantastic, but Conor really delivered a great set. Being a huge Bright Eyes fan, I was eagerly anticipating Mr. Obersts set and he did not disappoint.

The thing that is so great about Conor is that he gives us some of the best lyrics of the youth generation; his set was filled with fully inspirational tracks. His performance included some of the best musical transitions that I have ever seen live. A major highlight was when Silverlake native Jenny Lewis came onstage to perform "Portions for Foxes" a song from her band Rilo Kiley.

Sunset Junction Day Two - Boom D

The sun poured down to bake the topless or tankless hipster crowd on Los Angeles' east side on Sunday. Arriving shortly after Love Grenades performance (unfortunately), I strolled in by the Bates entrance to find Fool's Gold performing.

As I entered, I was not sure who was on stage, but I thought it might be the funky soul of Orgone. When I was finally able to see the band, I knew it was not. Fool's Gold, whom I'd never seen, had a very worldly sound highlighted by an attractive and animated female bongo player (see above) who was decked out in zebra-esque attire. The groove and stage appeal was only enhanced by the young teenager on stage playing sea shell percussion.

Fool's Gold I trekked over to the Sanborn Stage to see Orgone bring their Ubiquity label funk to the party. On the way I saw a grip of hipseters wearing American Apparel's fresh pressed "Legalize Gay - Repeal Prop 8" $3 tank tops. What a great way to sell some cheap threads as well as promote awareness of a good cause.

Once at Orgone, running the show was their beautiful strong voiced singer - Fanny Franklin - and backing her up was the rhythm section, which featured some great solos by their percussionist Stewart Killen. Their cover of "I Get Lifted" was certainly a crowd pleaser.

After the worldly soulful funk styling of Fool's Gold and Orgone, I stumbled to
Iliana Rose doing a cover of Santana's "Oye Como Va," which the older crowd certainly dug. I was with my pops - and he was definitely feeling it.

After Iliana, I took the pops to see his favorites - Tower of Power at The Hollywood Bowl. Unfortunately that meant I was skipping out on headliners Arrested Development and Morris Day & The Time- both acts whom I've seen in the past and enjoyed.

Overall, Supergoodmusic highly recommends that anyone who has never been to the Sunset Junction festival to attend the street fair next year. To pay $20 and see so much live music by just walking up and down Sunset Boulevard is a great deal and we look forward to attending next year's junction.

CONCERT BLAST 08/24-08/30

Tonight, if you're feeling like seeing something special, you may want to head to Gibson Amphitheatre to see Steely Dan continue their string of allegedly stellar performances. If that is out of your price range, but you are still looking for something special, perhaps stop by The Roxy for Mark The Cobrasnake's final night of Spin The Bottle. The Villians, DJ Kev Kev and several others will be spinning the finest in electronic, indie, hip-hop and LA dance party music.

For those of you who are cheapskates or just spent too much money over the weekend, drop by
Spaceland if you are on the eastside to catch one of Local Natives final performances before their residency ends; if you are on the westside and want to follow my path - drop into James Gray Gallery for the New Era Limited Edition hat release party, then head to Hunnypot Unlimited in Culver City and then sneak around the corner for Funkmosphere, the unofficial break-dancing after party at Carbon.

Tuesday I'm recommending one of the top reggae-dub artists around,
Lee "Scratch" Perry at the Key Club. Another legend that should be seen before it is too late. If you want to see a legend who (hopefully) has a long life ahead of him, check out Jack White and his new band Dead Weather at The Wiltern. If you want to laugh yourself to death - maybe swing by Largo for Fred Armisen (of SNL fame).

Wednesday I'm probably hitting the bar scene and avoiding a full fledged concert. Nonetheless, I will make my way to
Amoeba Records to do some shopping and take in a nice free performance from the Stones Throw maestro Peanut Butter Wolf.

Thursday is just an insanely good day of music for the city of Los Angeles. No citizen is more than a few minutes drive from something that will get you out of your seat and moving. On the westside, things will get jammy at
Air Conditioned Lounge in Venice whenThe Muddy Reds, Revolutionary Side Effects and Cubensisbring their hippie party to Lincoln Blvd. and The Mint will be getting funky with New Orleans own Trombone Shorty. Mid-wilshire and West Hollywood will be heating up with the hip-hop stylings of U.N.I.,amongst others, at The Roxy, and the synth pop awesomeness ofMatt & Kim and Amanda Blank at El Rey. For the eastsiders,Dam-Funk feat. Master Blazter and James Pants bring their quirky indie-hop to Bootleg Theater and Dirtbombs bring their Detroit garage indie-rocker performance to the famous echo.

Friday, while RCA heads up to
Outside Lands to get the scoop on California's young (but growing) festivals, I will be heading to echo to catch Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, a group I've listened to, heard a bunch about but have somehow never seen. I am anticipating good things. If it is no good, I will just walk downstairs to catch Os Mutantes at Echoplex.

Saturday brings an opportunity to see a funk legend, the Atomic Dog himself,
George Clinton at Club Nokia with Parliament Funkadelic. It seems like a very fitting room for the aging performer and hopefully the night will draw a good crowd eager to party until the house calls for time. If you want to keep it funky, but also keep it lean, I'd go to echo for the Funky Sole dance party - free every Saturday night.

Sunday, if I was in town, I'd be at
Mars Volta...but I'm heading to Market in Las Vegas to work on expanding the Supergoodmusic community into fashion partnerships. Have no fear - I will make sure to dose you with another CONCERT BLAST and a serving of Supergood Recommendations before I head to the City of Sin.

Monday August 24th

Shelly Peiken, The Mint Sessions feat. Kevin Kanner Quintet @ The Mint (Free after 9)

Friendly Fires, Phenomenal Handicap Band, DJ Paul V @ El Rey (Sold Out)

Steely Dan @ Gibson Amphitheatre

Local Natives, The Parson Red Heads, Red Arrow Messenger, Flying Tourbillion Orchestra @ Spaceland

Mark The Cobrasnake Presents Spin The Bottle Feat.
The Villains, Marshall Barnes, DJ Kev Kev, Deckstar @ The Roxy

After, Dezmond Meeks, All Else Fails, Joe Steel, Vise, Opus @ The Viper Room

Right Side of Failure, Danielle Egnew, Jon Aiden @ The Viper Room

Six Organs of Admittance, Horse Thieves @ The Echo

Mariee Sioux, Graham Forest, Paige Stark, Dearest @ Echo Curio

Steel Panther, Love and a .38, Dame Fortune, Alevela @ Key Club

Kings of Leon @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O'Brien

Serel @ Trip

Smokey Robinson @ The Grammy Museum

Paleface, Homesick Elephant & Justin Gordon, Elizaveta, James snyder, Joe Firstman @ The Hotel Café

Lower Heaven, Magic Mirror, Crooked Cowboy, Chief Nowhere, DJ Tami @ Silverlake Lounge (Free)

Jazz Callner, Mitch Allan @ Molly Malones

Hunnypot Unlimited Live @ Hunnypot Unlimited (Culver City)

Funkmosphere @ Carbon (Free)

Tuesday August 25th

The Gathering, Earthbaby, Moostache, Ives @ The Mint

Steely Dan @ Gibson Amphitheatre

The Dead Weather, Tyvek @ The Wiltern

Lee "Scratch" Perry @ Key Club

Mellowdrone, White Arrows, Square on Square @ Spaceland

Fred Armisen @ Largo

The Brig House Band @ The Brig

Smokey Robinson @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O'Brien

Cubensis @ Marlin Bar & Grill

James Mishka, Chaz Prymek, Mucky The Ducky, Nicole Kidman, The Nextdoor Neighbors @ Echo Curio

The Shys, Army Navy, Eastern Conference Champions, Radio Frequency @ Troubadour

Green Day, Franz Ferdinand @ The Forum

Tom Jones @ The Greek Theatre

Joey Degraw, Matt Alber, Lady Danville, The Jane Does, Melissa Polinar @ The Hotel Cafe

Aedose, Kate Crash, Midnight Hour @ The Roxy (early)

Sick Dicky Presents @ The Roxy (Late)

I Will Never Be The Same, Wall Street Crash @ The Viper Room

Stephen Petree @ Whisky A Go Go
Lovemakeres, Kosovo, Lexicon Don @ Silverlake Lounge

Placeido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

M.C.E., Tom Caufield, Clockwork @ Molly Malones

Wednesday August 26th

Art of Men @ The Mint

The Dead Weather @ Mayan Theater

Cake @ Henry Fonda (Sold Out)

Peanut Butter Wolf @ Amoeba Music (Free)

Chris Isaak w/ Susan Tedeschi @ Greek Theatre

Deerhunter, Extra Golden @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock

Fruit Bats, Death Vessel, Ab & The Sea @ Spaceland

Dawes, Michael Davis With Lions, Andrew Lynch @ The Echo

Dungen, Woods, Kurt Vile @ Troubadour

The Carnival (Choreographer's Ball) @ Key Club

Franz Ferdinand @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O'Brien

Cary Judd @ Genghis Cohen

The Belleville Outfit, Maxim Ludwig, Anya Marina w/ Alphaeus Taylor, Right The Stars @ The Hotel Cafe

Chris O'Brien @ Room 5

Rich Sheldon @ Baja Cantina (MDR)

Ginger Wildheart, Jetboy, Modern Day Escape @ The Viper Room

On Blast, Molino, Two Years Before The Mast, Tif Sigfrids and Estrogen @ SIlverlake Lounge

Music Go Music, Rainbow Arabia, Tommy Santee Klaws @ Bordello

Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band @ Hollywood Bowl

The Regulars, Headbone, Cry on Cue @ Molly Malones

Project Pitchfork w/ Psyclon Nine, Gentelman Junkie @ The Knitting Factory

Soggy Duchamp Octet, Mimes of Wine, Under the Asbury @ Echo Curio

K Ress, Low Buggit Records, EZ Money, Creepy Fingers, Fam Bam @ The Knitting Factory (Front Stage)

Emerald Honor, Mindy Smith @ Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge)

Thursday August 27th

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Gardena, DJ Quick Mart@ The Mint

Gary Wilson & The Blind Dates, James Pants & The Royal Zodaic,
Dam-Funk w/ Master Blazter, Weave! @ Bootleg Theater

Matt & Kim, Amanda Blank @ El Rey (Sold Out)

Crocodiles, Pens, Graffiti Island@ Spaceland

Stephen Petree @ Angelus Temple
Ives @ The Scene Bar

One Drop, Tribal Seeds @ BrixTon

Matisyahu @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O'Brien

Terence Blanchard @ The Grammy Museum

The Working Title @ Genghis Cohen

Audible Mainframe (CD Release Party), Mandala, Costa Nova, Capitalist Hippie Complex @ The Viper Room

Chris Dagnese, Chi McClean, Duke Michaels, Robbie Davis, Raggedstar @ The Viper Room Downstairs

U.N.I., '87 Stick Up Kids @ The Roxy

Forrest Day, Kounterfeit Changes, Brothers At Sea @ On The Rox

Cubensis, Revolutionary Side Effects, The Muddy Reds @ Air Conditioned Lounge

Franz Ferdinand @ Hollywood Palladium

Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley
Band, Kurt Vile, Dungen@ Echoplex

The Dirtbombs, The Sermon, Jail Weddings@ Echo

Gary Wilson and The Blind Dates @ Bootleg

No Age (Dj Set) @ Downtown Independent

Woods, Best Coast, Garbaj Kaetz, La Fog, Tearist @ Echo Curio

Cake @ Fox Theater Pomona

Casualties, Krum Burns, Mouth Sown Shut, Knocked Out Cold, District Divided @ Key Club

Deerhunter @ Detroit Bar

The Dead Weather, Tyvek @ The Glass House

Thibaudet Plays Liszt w/ LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Jonny Burke @ Troubadour

Victim Vision, Future Ghost, Dirt Dress, Les Bicyclettes blanches @ Silverlake Lounge

International Farmers, Pinot @ Saint Rocke

Brent Jamieson, Yvonne Reyes, Paris Carney, Dennis Dodd Jr. @ Molly Malones

Pete Yorn, Zee Avi, J.D. King @ The Music Box - Henry Fonda

Asphalt Messiah, Jamie Meyer, Dan Rockett, The Naughtones, Kalie Go @ Knitting Factory

Walter Lure, The Waldos, The Stitches, Kevin K, The Hitz @ Knitting Factory (Front Stage)

Moonshine Signal Ranch @ The Prospector

Kate Earl, Model K, Huntingfield, Jane Lui, Joy Wiliams @ The Hotel Cafe

Friday August 28th

Pollyn , The Frequency, Free The Robots, Big Moves @ The Mint

Shaquille O'Neal All Star Comedy Jam @ Club Nokia

The Bridge @ Café Boogaloo

Junior Boys @ Avalon

JJ Grey & MOFRO, The White Buffalo @ El Rey Theater

The Warlocks, The Morning After Girls, Gliss @ Spaceland

Hecuba, Lucky Dragons, Gowns, Beast Cop @ The Smell

Colbie Caillat @ The Tonight Show w/ Conan O'Brien

Iliana Rose @ Left Coast Wine Bar

New MaximumDonkey @ The Scene Bar

The Local Collective @ Crane's Hollywood Tavern

The Ruse, Golden State, Deccatree, Middle Distance Runner @ The Viper Room

The Dirty Lounge Heavy Metal Bar @ The Viper Room Downstairs (Free)

Mitchell Schaffer, Bad Meaning Bad, Ginger, Kozmonaut, Lisa Donnelly @ Key Club (Sponsored by Under The Skin Tattoo)

The Warlocks, The Morning After Girls, Gliss @ Spaceland

Ted Leo + The Pharmacists, Jeff The Brotherhood @ Echo

Os Mutantes, DJ Nobody @ Echoplex

B-Side Players, Rocky Duwani, Allensworth, Elevaters @ The Roxy

DJ Quikie Mart, Leon Flendrix, Tony Aquiaries, Lamour, Thorn @ On The Rox

Learning Music, Video, Rats @ Pehrspace

As Tall As Lions @ Detroit Bar

Aly Tadros @ Genghis Cohen

Liza Minnelli @ Hollywood Bowl

Kathleen Grace @ LACMA

Jim Bianco, Common Rotation vs. Dustbowl Cavaliers, Shaimus, Joel Eckels, Zachariah Kaler @ The Hotel Café

Cherry Poppin' Daddies @ briXton

Jess Klein @ McCabe's Guitar Shop

Adam Willets, M. Geddes Gengras, Yek Koo @ Echo Curio

Pepe Aguilar @ Gibson Amphitheatre

Great White, Jani Lane, Mandy Lion @ HOB-Sunset

Obscured By Clouds @ Whisky A Go Go

The Hundred Days, Actress, Ballerina Black @ Bootleg Theater

Gang Gang Dance, Ariel Pink @ Troubadour

Adrienne Woods, Belkins4, Still Watters Run Deep @ Molly Malones

Pete Yorn, J.D. King, Juliette Commagere @ The Music Box - Henry Fonda

Wailing Souls, Kontiki, Vika @ Saint Rocke

Brain Dead Rejects, Sweet Eve, Phatthom, Allura, No Bragging Rights, Katusmoto, Douglas Show @ Knitting Factory (Front Stage)

Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter @ Knitting Factory

Saturday August 29th

Moonalice , Ryan Eggold, Linsay Haun @ The Mint

The National, Cass McCombs @ The Wiltern

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Club Nokia

Fat Joe, S.O.G. Crew, Roosevelt, Toni Monroe, Crown Loyal, Hannibal LEQ @ Key Club

Cash Route, Johnny Candon, Mark S.T.R.U.G.G.L.E., Pax @ Plush Lounge at Key Club (FREE)

Rob Laufer Band, Slow Car Crash, Steve Carson Band, thatwasthen @ Molly Malones

Dizzy Reed & Friends, Gramilla, Conspiracy of Thought, Aces & Eights, The Chase, Absinthe, Timpermanent @ The Viper Room

Box Elders, Tijuana Panthers, Audacity @ Echo (4 pm)

Funky Sole @ Echo (Free)

Fan, Andy Grammar, Krystal Wright, Niko, Caroline Clark @ The Roxy

The Warlocks, The Useless Keys, The Black Apples @ Spaceland

The Mighty Regis @ Gallagher's Pub & Grill

Rocco Deluca and The Burden, Rival Sons, Bryan Master @ Saint Rocke

Bandwagon @ Joxer Daly's

Akron/Family, Howlin Rain, Lucky Dragons @ El Rey

Aesop Rock @ Fat Beats

Bigfellas @ Genghis Cohen

Justin Roberts @ Getty Center for the Arts

Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa, Bigelf, Scale The Summit @ Greek Theatre

Liza Minnelli @ Hollywood Bowl

Katy Perry, The Bird and The Bee @ Hollywood Palladium

Princeton, Fol Chen @ Pehrspace

Veil Era @ The Cocaine

DJ Oggy @ Blue Moon

Billy Bragg @ Broad Stage

Pernice Brothers @ McCabe's Guitar Shop

Moonalice @ The Mint

Blaine Campbell, Ruthann Friedman, Helene Renaut @ Echo Curio

Pepe Aguilar @ Gibson Amphitheatre
The Mike Keneally Band @ The Baked Potato

Iliana Rose @ Café 322

The Minus 5 (feat. members of REM), The Baseball Project @ The Troubadour

Paul Chesne @ O'Brien's Irish Pub

His Orchestra, Soul Puppet, Kenneth Pattengale @ Bootleg Theater

George Lynch's Souls of We @ Knitting Factory

The Dirty Diamond, Rusty Anderson, Michelle Featherstone, Jason Heath and The Greedy Souls, Graham Isaacson @ The Hotel Cafe

Sunday August 30th

Mars Volta @ Hollywood Palladium

The Faint, Moving Units @ Club Nokia

387 Music Entertainment Presents @ The Mint

Tongue and Groove, Songwriters Sunday, The Hereafter @ The Hotel Cafe

Grand Ole Echo w/ Ted Russell Kamp, Gina Villalobos, Paperplanes @ Echo (5 pm)

Neil Hamburger, J.P. Incorporated, Brendon Walsh, Erik Charles Nielsen @ Spaceland

Killah Priest (of Wu Tang crew), Evidence (of Dilated Peoples), Planet Asia @ The Roxy

Bad News Bros, The Girls of Tokyo, Some Hear Explosions, OONA, Sofizel @ The Viper Room

Moonalice, Nate LaPointe Band @ Blue Café Long Beach

JT Spangler @ Room 5

Mitchell Musso, KSM @ HOB - Sunset

Blindside @ Whisky A Go Go

The Duke Spirit @ Detroit Bar

Dredg, RX Bandits, As Tall As Lions @ El Rey

Martin Valverde @ The Wiltern

Zee Avi, Jeff Skaggs @ Saint Rocke

Ask Your Mama w/ Jessye Nroman, The Roots, Nnenna Freelon and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra @ Hollywood Bowl

Captain The Flame @ Molly Malones (Free)

Sepsism, Dia De Los Muertos, Shrimp, Kaiowas, Castrofate, Hell Hath No Fury, Lethal Intent, Daemonic, Tazumai @ Knitting Factory

School of Rock @ Knitting Factory (Front Stage)

Goddamn Gallows, Marauding Ghouls, Red Rippers @ Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge)

Pumice, Metal Rouge, Ing, Sleepwalkers Local, Greg Muon @ Echo Curio